• Pitch your startup at Startup Ignite! @ Web 2.0 Expo Europe

    Are you a European startup interested in or coming to Web 2.0 Expo Europe? Startup Ignite! will be on the first night of Web 2.0 Expo Europe and will highlight six companies on the main stage, presented in front of an audience of industry peers, media and VCs. The format is simple, five minutes on stage and a maximum of 15 slides. No demos. Videos are allowed. Date & Time: Tuesday… Read More

  • While you were out: Ten surprising tech happenings we were too busy to notice

    Rob at BBG wrote an excellent little list post describing changes to the tech industry that happened in the past five years. Written as a letter to someone who has been in hypersleep for the last half-decade, Rob points out that Palm is climbing a magical fantasy rainbow made of Linux, piracy is mainstream, and that the much vaunted UMD format is now essentially dead. 6. Netbooks
    Those… Read More

  • The iPhone is not the center of the universe, Nintendo DSi not competing with it


    In an interview with Nikkei, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explicitly stated that the DSi was not going after the iPhone. Why Iwata felt the need to clarify this is unclear based on the excerpt the Edge published, but I’d go out on a limb and say the Nikkei reporter asked the question. “We wanted users to have the device on them at all times,” he stated. “By… Read More

  • SearchMe Calls Out Yahoo On BOSS Screenshot

    SearchMe, a new Sequoia-backed search engine that launched in March, isn’t happy with some of the screen shots that have been seen around the Internet promoting Yahoo’s new BOSS (“Build Your Own Search Service”) product. In particular, this shot, which was included in a CNET article, shows what appears to be SearchMe’s search interface (itself borrowed from… Read More

  • Review: True Enough by Farhad Manjoo

    Writing a book review after reading True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo is quite a fatalistic endeavor. You’re either going to like the book or you’ll despise it. But these comments won’t change your mind. They’ll enable you to feel good buying a book you already want or you’ll ridicule them for examining a book you already… Read More

  • Ads on the CrunchBoard today

    There’s been a good response to our call for ads this week, which are free to startups fighting the current financial armageddon. If you want to send in a free ad for your startup – you need office space, a mentor, an Angel, a VC, a PHP developer, whatever, then here are the details on how. I’ll be running this free ad promotion all this week and sending out daily updates. If… Read More

  • Rumor: T-Mobile to introduce sans-contract postpaid options tomorrow

    Back in July, word around the rumor mill was that T-Mobile was all set to roll out month-to-month postpaid options come August 6th. The big day came and went without any new contractual options, nary a word from Old Magenta. According to TmoNews, it may have just been pushed back a bit. Their sources are a bit shaky, but they’ve got reason to believe that T-Mo will be adding monthly… Read More

  • A friendly reminder from CrunchGear to all iPhone users

    Dear iPhone Users: Change your iPhone root password. If you have jailbroken your iPhone, your default root password is “alpine.” This puts you at a distinct security disadvantage when connected to open networks as it allows the nefarious to browse your entire iPhone with impunity. To change your password, first runt his perl command: openssl passwd -crypt -salt /s… Read More

  • Surprise! Sales of RealDVD suspended while Hollywood runs itself into the ground


    Note that I have nothing against Mr. Norris per se. You just knew this was going to happen. Sales of RealNetworks’ RealDVD have been suspended while Real fights Hollywood in court, forever. You already know what Hollywood’s beef is, that RealDVD allows people to illegally copy DVDs blah bah who cares. Rent, rip and retun all you want, I say. Take this line from the… Read More

  • GameFly launches mobile-optimized site for on-the-go management

    GameFly, which is perhaps most easily explained as the NetFlix of the gaming world, today launched a new version of their site specifically optimized for mobile handsets. Through the magic of user agent detection, getting to the mobile site is a one step process: just type the standard GameFly.com address into the browser of any mobile handset. Once there, users can search through the… Read More

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